EWA is a Nigerian musical artist who got signed recently to the Don Crucifixto label. Over the past few years, he has stayed consistent and has serenaded his fans with back to back hits. From Irawo, to Dey for you and now the most recent and upcoming LP.
I happen to attend the same University as the musician himself and I thought it would be amazing to shed some light on some of the things he does, his lifestyle, music process, and education. I approached him and requested an interview, to which he so graciously accepted.
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Tell me a bit about you
My name is Adefioye Solomon Adelanaire from Osun state, Ile Ife
I’m the 5th of 5 children.
Who/what inspired you to make music?
Music is something I was born into, not like any of my parents could sing but I’ve always wanted to be in the entertainment field. I started off as a dancer actually, I didn’t see myself doing music. I started off as a dancer when I was in primary school. When I was in primary 3, my proprietor then wanted to do a jingle for the school so they took a bunch of us to the studio, and then, boom! They discovered ‘oh, this boy has a nice voice’ I also was a very good alto singer. So from there, I got it into my head and I’m like ‘okay, they said I can sing’ then I proceeded to try this singing thing.
I used to write poems then so it was a natural transition to start writing songs. So, music is something I grew into doing. I quit dancing though.
What is your creative process like?
So there are different ways to this, but mostly how I come about my new music is this; Sometimes I go the fictive way, other times not. I write songs sometimes by putting myself in people’s shoes and other times it’s about myself. But basically, I’d call myself a naturalistic writer. i.e. I get my inspiration from natural happenings. Things and day-to-day occurrences of people. E.g I witness an event or something that happened to someone, then I create a story around it and I make music from it. I get music inspiration when I’m reminiscing, walking down the road, and just simply witnessing things, then I go ahead to personalize it.
So as long as things don’t stop happening, EWA can never run out of music. Other times though, I walk into the studio and there’s nothing going on in my head, so I just freestyle based on vibes. One thing leads to another and it becomes fire.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
It would still be music, I always say that. I have other abilities now that would enable me to do some other stuff like Acting, I’m an actor too. I’m also a fashion designer, but it’s been a while since I did that. So Music is definitely the priority for me. If it isn’t music, it’s nothing else.
How do you juggle your schooling and your career?
The first thing is grace, God’s grace. In everything I just try to put God first because trust me, it’s not easy at all. Juggling both has been easy with grace. I’ve learned over the years how to do them both without major problems although lately it’s been getting to me because there’s a whole lot going on. The fact that I just got signed and there’s more to the work I’ve been doing makes it a little tougher than it used to be but I’m still thriving. I’m so used to it though that everything just works together. It’s not so easy but I have my ways and also like I said, God.
Where was the first place you ever performed?
The first place I ever performed? Uhm…….. I don’t think I remember o. As an artist… (he’s trying really hard to remember now😬) Omo! Most probably 2016, OAU pre-degree. Although I’ve done performances before then but officially, I think it’s the OAU pre-degree campus, Moro.
Where was your favorite performance experience?
Ah! It’s hard to pick, trust me. Is it the performance with Orezi? Or my first ever performance on OAU main campus 2018? I was happy because prior to that night, I used to be thrown bottles not to perform and that night was full of accolades. Those are 2 performances that really pulled on my heartstrings and put joyful tears in my eyes and I really can’t pick.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on a lot right and also my first body of work ever. I’m actually done with that and it’s about to drop this month on the 25th of June. It’s an LP(Long Play) and a compilation of more than 5 songs. I’m not going to say the amount of songs😂, but it’s going to be heavy. So that’s what I’m presently working on with my management and on June 25 we fly. Thereafter it’s probably going to be an album, a couple of videos, and all of that. That’s what next!
Since you’ve all heard what’s next for EWA, how about I give you a hint on what’s next on here.
N.B A couple more interviews with OAU’s familiar faces, can you guess who’s next?
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